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NichiBei Kids Public Art Project

NichiBei Kids Public Art Project

September 5, 2021

Video Presentation

This U.S.-Japan team is engaging youth in the United States and Japan to create public artwork. Inspired by Olympic Athletes and the energy expressed in a creative movement in sports – youth in the United States and in Japan were asked to think about what their energy and emotions would look like if it was unleashed as a beautiful and creative line that wraps around a circle to create a ring. These accomplishments will inspire youth to create individual works of art that will make up the larger piece. The completed collaborative artwork will express how art, innovation, and sport have the power to change the world.


The collaboration has taken many forms, including an interior sculptural installation and mosaic mural in Saiki, and interior installation in Philadelphia. The large mural will be later exhibited at the Panasonic Center Tokyo from October 2021 to July 2022.


Exhibition Information:
Venue: Panasonic Center TOKYO (MAP)
Date: October 19, 2021 – July 17, 2022
Opening hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Closed: Monday, Year-end and New Year holidays

*A pop-up art exhibition on Parasols at Oita JR Train Station which was planned for this summer is postponed to the fall of 2021.
Learn more about the project



Ben Volta

Ben Volta creates intricate public murals and sculptures, working within the fields of education, restorative justice, and urban planning. His practice stands on the belief that art can be a catalyst for change. As a young artist, Volta was a member of the groundbreaking art collective Tim Rollins and K.O.S. and was awarded a Pew Fellowship in 2015. For almost two decades, Volta has been developing a collaborative process with Philadelphia public schools to create participatory art rooted in an exploratory and educational process.



Cho Kuwakado

The director of Lumbini Kindergarten in Saiki City, Japan. After studying social anthropology in the United States and England, Kuwakado established the Pacific Kids Mural Foundation together with Yasuyuki Sakura and Hiroaki Seo. He works on the Chara-Rimpa Project to promote mural art and cultural exchange projects for kids and communities around the world.



Yasuyuki Sakura

An artist and president of Team Sakura Art Project Inc. Sakura received a PhD in fine arts from Tokyo University of the Arts. A 2003 ISCP fellow. His project Kodomo Energy Summit, which incorporated arts with green energy education, received a Good Design Award and Kids Design Award in 2015. He also dedicates himself to cultural exchange for kids through the Chara-Rimpa Project.


Hiroaki Seo

A photographer based in Tokyo. While Seo specializes in portrait and commercial photography, he also works for the Pacific Kids Mural Foundation as a director. He has been documenting various arts made by kids at the Chara-Rimpa Project.


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United States
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